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  • Thursday newspaper round-up: Pensions gap, access to cash, energy industry

    Thursday 19 May 2022

    (Sharecast News) - Unions have called on the government to take urgent action to fix a "whopping pensions gap", as research showed women working in many industries have half the retirement savings of men. The TUC said Thursday was "gender pensions gap day", when female pensioners in Great Britain start getting paid after effectively going four and a half months without retirement income. - Guardian

  • Wednesday newspaper round-up: Covid support schemes, Brexit, BoE

    Wednesday 18 May 2022

    (Sharecast News) - The business department's handling of Covid support schemes left an "open goal" to fraudsters and embezzlers that has added "billions to taxpayer woes", parliament's spending watchdog has found. In its review of the annual report of the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS), the Public Accounts Committee (PAC) said it recognised that the government offered crucial support to businesses at the height of the pandemic. - Guardian

  • Tuesday newspaper round-up: Twitter, carbon tax, SFO

    Tuesday 17 May 2022

    (Sharecast News) - Pressure on the government to help those hardest hit by Britain's cost of living crisis has intensified after the head of one of the country's leading employers' groups said immediate support was a "moral imperative". Tony Danker, the director-general of the CBI, said Rishi Sunak should step in to provide assistance to households skipping meals as a result of rising food and fuel bills. - Guardian

  • Monday newspaper round-up: BrightHouse, City regulations, National Grid

    Monday 16 May 2022

    (Sharecast News) - Administrators for the collapsed rent-to-own firm BrightHouse, which specialised in loans for big-ticket items such as fridges and sofas, have warned they will not have enough money to compensate thousands of customers who were left with unaffordable debts. The latest report from the accountants Grant Thornton, which is managing the administration, shows a plan to set aside 600,000 for payouts to customers who may have been mis-sold expensive loans by BrightHouse has been scrapped. - Guardian

  • Sunday newspaper round-up: Vodafone, Bank of England, Ukrainian grain

    Sunday 15 May 2022

    (Sharecast News) - State-controlled Emirates Telecommunications Group has amassed a 9.8% stake in Vodafone. However, Etisalat, as the Abu Dhabi telecoms operator is know, has said it has no intention of making a takeover bid nor is it "seeking to exert control or influence". That statement in effect bars it from being able table a bid for six months. Be that as it may, Enders analyst., Karen Egan, believes that the move adds to the pressure on Vodafone boss, Nick Read, to accelerate his restructuring plans. The company, which is due to present results on Tuesday, was already facing calls from some of its main shareholders to slim its operations and boost returns. - The Financial Times on Sunday

  • Friday newspaper round-up: Twitter, water companies, Vodafone

    Friday 13 May 2022

    (Sharecast News) - Twitter announced the departure of two top leaders in a major shakeup that comes as billionaire Elon Musk is working to close a $44bn deal to acquire the company. In an email to employees on Thursday, chief executive Parag Agrawal said Twitter's leaders for consumer product and revenue will leave the company. Agrawal said the company was temporarily pausing hiring, and would review all existing job offers to determine whether any "should be pulled back". - Guardian

  • Thursday newspaper round-up: Tesco, Didi, Saudi Aramco, BlackRock

    Thursday 12 May 2022

    (Sharecast News) - Client meetings and emails could be picked up alongside a pint of milk and a box of eggs under a new deal between Tesco and flexible office operator IWG. From later this month, the owner of office operator Regus is to test out a 3,800 sq ft flexible working area within Tesco's New Malden supermarket, with room for 12 private desks, 30 co-working spaces and a meeting room. - Guardian

  • Wednesday newspaper round-up: City regulation, Trump Twitter ban, Panmure Gordon

    Wednesday 11 May 2022

    (Sharecast News) - More than 250,000 households will "slide into destitution" next year, taking the total number in extreme poverty to around 1.2m, unless the government acts to help the poorest families hit by the energy price shock, according to the National Institute for Economic & Social Research (NIESR). More than 1.5m households will see the rise in food and energy bills outstrip their disposable income, forcing them to rely on savings or extra borrowing to make up the shortfall, said the thinktank, which blamed welfare spending cuts since the Brexit vote in 2016 for leaving millions of families in a vulnerable financial position. - Guardian

  • Tuesday newspaper round-up: Electric cars, Twitter, Aviva chief, Rightmove

    Tuesday 10 May 2022

    (Sharecast News) - Drivers are scrambling to buy secondhand electric cars, more than doubling sales in the past year as demand for zero-emission vehicles surges. Figures from the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) show that the number of transactions for electric cars increased from 6,600 in the first three months of 2021 to almost 14,600 in the first quarter of this year, an increase of 120%. - Guardian

  • Monday newspaper round-up: Barclays, McColl's, Randall & Quilter

    Monday 09 May 2022

    (Sharecast News) - Barclays has avoided nearly 2bn in tax via a lucrative arrangement in Luxembourg that allowed it to pay less than 1% on profits in the tax haven for more than a decade. A Guardian analysis of Barclays' tax bills shows it is still benefiting from a controversial decision in 2009, in which it booked profits from the $15.2bn sale of a fund management business in Luxembourg rather than in the UK where it is headquartered. - Guardian

  • Friday newspaper round-up: Big tech, Chelsea FC, McColl's, KPMG

    Friday 06 May 2022

    (Sharecast News) - A new tech watchdog will be given the power to impose multibillion-pound fines on major firms such as Google and Facebook if they breach rules designed to protect consumers and businesses. The Digital Markets Unit (DMU) will protect small businesses from predatory practices and will give consumers greater control over how their data is used, the government said. - Guardian

  • Thursday newspaper round-up: Virgin Atlantic, workplace lawsuits, Just Eat

    Thursday 05 May 2022

    (Sharecast News) - The UK's biggest electricity distribution business has agreed to pay 14.9m after its support for vulnerable customers during power cuts was deemed "totally unacceptable". The energy regulator said National Grid's Western Power Distribution (WPD) did not provide proper support to 1.7 million customers during the outages. An Ofgem investigation, launched in 2020, found that WPD had failed customers in a number of areas including not carrying out criminal record checks for all staff visiting customers' homes. - Guardian

  • Wednesday newspaper round-up: Network Rail, Klarna, Brewdog

    Wednesday 04 May 2022

    (Sharecast News) - Cuts to rail funding could lead to more serious rail accidents as well as fewer, more crowded trains, unions have said. A TUC report said passenger safety will be compromised should Network Rail press ahead with reductions to its maintenance workforce to save £100m a year. About 2,500 jobs are expected to go and the TUC said it would be impossible to make such cuts without putting passengers at risk. It warned that the Treasury was also demanding cuts from train operators that would disrupt services and leave fewer trains running, leaving commuters "packed like sardines". - Guardian

  • Tuesday newspaper round-up: Executive pay, grain, Apple, global slowdown

    Tuesday 03 May 2022

    (Sharecast News) - Six in 10 people think company bosses should be prevented from earning more than 10 times the average paid to employees, according to polling shared exclusively with the Guardian. A poll for the High Pay Centre, a thinktank that campaigns for fairer pay for workers, found that 63% of Britons said chief executives should be paid no more than 10 times the earnings of lower- or mid-ranking employees. - Guardian

  • Sunday newspaper round-up: 'Right to buy', HSBC, IAG

    Monday 02 May 2022

    (Sharecast News) - The Prime Minister is planning to give approximately 2.5 million Britons the right to buy the homes that they currently rent from housing associations. Boris Johnson ordered that planning start during the past fortnight, convinced that it would help "generation rent". Connected to the above, officials are also pursuing an idea by which tens of billions of pounds used by government to finance housing benefits would be funneled into helping recipients get mortgages. Details of the policy have surfaced ahead of what may be bruising local election results for Conservatives on Thursday. - Sunday Telegraph

  • Friday newspaper round-up: BBC licence fee, Gazprom, Amazon, Apple, inflation

    Friday 29 Apr 2022

    (Sharecast News) - Ministers have formally signalled the death of the licence fee after deciding to overhaul the BBC's 100-year-old funding model. In the first big update to British broadcasting laws for nearly 20 years, the government said it would set out a timetable for a review of the licence fee over the coming months, during which alternatives would be considered. - The Times

  • Thursday newspaper round-up: Passport Office, Brexit checks, Elon Musk, BT, windfall tax

    Thursday 28 Apr 2022

    (Sharecast News) - The private company behind the Passport Office's contact centre has been ordered to hire more staff to ease "unacceptable" delays. Teleperformance, the French-owned multinational that is responsible for call handling, has been "urgently tasked to add additional staff" by the Home Office, which is trying to avert a summer of chaos. - The Times

  • Wednesday newspaper round-up: Covid loan fraud, Brexit costs, tax rises, Tesla, TalkTV

    Wednesday 27 Apr 2022

    (Sharecast News) - Suitcases filled with cash from taxpayer-backed Covid loans were seized at the border as people tried to smuggle them out of the country, a Times investigation reveals today. Border force officials have stopped people at airports across Britain "carrying large amounts of money suspected from coronavirus bounce-back loans", a Home Office source said. - The Times

  • Tuesday newspaper round-up: Twitter, Elon Musk, Bulb, Brexit exports, China lockdowns

    Tuesday 26 Apr 2022

    (Sharecast News) - Elon Musk's takeover of Twitter offers shareholders the "best path forward", its chairman declared last night after bowing to the billionaire's $44 billion bid. The social media group dropped its resistance and approved the Tesla chief executive's initial offer of $54.20 per share. - The Times

  • Monday newspaper round-up: French elections, British Airways, Partygate, Twitter, non-doms

    Monday 25 Apr 2022

    (Sharecast News) - Emmanuel Macron won a resounding victory against Marine Le Pen in the presidential run-off, becoming the first French modern head of state to secure re-election while holding executive power. Macron, 44, won with 58.5 percent of the vote against Le Pen's 41.5 per cent after an aggressive second-round campaign in which he cast the leader of the National Rally as a far-right threat to democracy and European security. - The Times

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